|Justin Caron as Marcy (photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp)|
As Marcy and Dorothy, Justin is completely charming and disarming. And when the two characters meet in one body, it's something quite ridiculous (in a good way). There is quite a bit of audience participation and the house lights remain on throughout most of the show. As a Minnesotan, this sort of thing typically makes me uncomfortable, but it's done in a fun and non-threatening way. And it turns out one of the best parts of the show is watching Justin play with the audience, and vice versa. There were several kids in the audience the night I attended, and they seemed to be having as much fun as anyone with the playful nature of the show. But there are also some surprisingly poignant moments, like when Dorothy tells a story about a childhood ride on the freeway in a convertible jeep. And while I might not be a fan of audience participation in general, I am a fan of a sing-along, and this show includes a very sweet one.
The show (directed by the other half of Frosty Bob and J, Robert Frost) makes great use of the space at BLB. Before the show the stage is bare and the windows are open. We first see Marcy dragging a red trunk down Lake Street. Once inside she's in the audience as much as she's on the stage, running up and down the stairs and in and out various doors.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect of this show before I saw it, but I found it to be funny and silly and sweet. As usual at BLB, full bar and food service is available throughout the show, which is about 70 minutes long, so you can make a night of it (and even bring the kids). And a fun and entertaining night it is.